Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

LOCATION

BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS

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Our View

One of the world's best collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings can be seen here, including important works by Burne-Jones, a native of Birmingham. Also on display are fine silver, ceramics and glass. The archaeology section has prehistoric Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, and also objects from the Near East, Mexico and Peru. The history galleries explore the 800 year history of Birmingham. The Staffordshire Hoard, the largest find of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found is also on display in a purpose built gallery. There is a regular programme of temporary art and history exhibitions every year.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Sq, BIRMINGHAM, B3 3DH

Features

Children
  • Suitable for children of all ages
Facilities
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Lift
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun 10-5, Fri 10.30-5. Please check for seasonal closures

About the area

Discover West Midlands

After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead. 

Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins. 

Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.

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